Northside Middle School

Summary:

Northside Middle School is a public middle school located in Columbus, Indiana, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 904 students. It is part of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, which is ranked 166 out of 364 school districts in Indiana and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Northside Middle School stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (25%) and Asian (5.64%) students compared to nearby schools. Academically, the school consistently outperforms the district and state averages in ILEARN test scores for both English Language Arts and Math, with 41.71% of 7th-grade students proficient or better in ELA, compared to the district's 40.38% and the state's 39.5%. Additionally, Northside has a lower chronic absenteeism rate (16.2%) than Central Middle School (22.9%) and some other schools in the region. However, Northside has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (48.89%) compared to the district average and some nearby schools, indicating a higher proportion of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Northside Middle School's consistent academic performance, with 4-star ratings from SchoolDigger in recent years, is a notable strength. The school has shown improving trends in its ILEARN test scores, particularly in English Language Arts, where the 7th and 8th-grade proficiency rates have been higher than the state averages. While Northside outperforms the nearby Central Middle School in terms of academic achievement and chronic absenteeism, it could still focus on further reducing its chronic absenteeism rate and improving its math proficiency, which lags behind the district and state averages in some grade levels.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1400 27th St
       Columbus, IN  47201


(812) 376-4405

District: Bartholomew Con School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
184th of 489 Indiana Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,940 Help


Students who attend Northside Middle School usually attend:

High:    Columbus East High School

Feeder schools for Northside Middle School:

Elementary:    Clifty Creek Elementary School
    L F Smith Elementary
    Lillian Schmitt Elementary School
    Parkside Elementary School
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Student/teacher ratio:  15.6 Help
Number of students:  904

Racial breakdown:

White:
62.6%
Hispanic:
25.0%
Asian:
5.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Northside Middle School ranks better than 62.4% of middle schools in Indiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 59.9. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (62.6%), Hispanic (25%), Asian (5.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 48.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Northside Middle School is 15.6. (See more...)
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Compare Northside Middle School employs 57.8 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Northside Middle School is $10,940.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Northside Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Northside Middle School 184th of 489 Indiana public middle schools. (See Northside Middle School in the ranking list.)

Bartholomew Con School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks Bartholomew Con School Corp 166th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Northside Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 59.10 164th 370 55.7%
2006 58.32 166th 375 55.7%
2007 55.19 196th 382 48.7%
2008 47.86 247th 392 37.0%
2009 52.78 219th 423 48.2%
2010 48.55 264th 428 38.3%
2011 43.03 319th 451 29.3%
2012 60.70 187th 447 58.2%
2013 51.85 253rd 444 43.0%
2014 58.60 227th 470 51.7%
2015 64.54 170th 485 64.9%
2016 74.91 106th 494 78.5%
2017 65.83 158th 472 66.5%
2018 69.35 140th 473 70.4%
2019 70.89 124th 470 73.6%
2021 70.12 130th 483 73.1%
2022 69.54 138th 490 71.8%
2023 59.90 183rd 489 62.6%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Northside Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 897 5 3 4 4 n/a n/a 0 913
1989 810 8 7 4 4 n/a n/a 0 833
1990 794 13 9 5 6 n/a n/a 0 827
1991 809 12 10 1 1 n/a n/a 0 833
1992 746 15 8 4 2 n/a n/a 0 775
1993 829 17 4 9 2 n/a n/a 0 861
1994 821 16 19 14 0 n/a n/a 0 870
1995 900 13 26 12 1 n/a n/a 1 953
1996 900 13 26 12 1 n/a n/a 1 953
1997 904 21 14 7 1 n/a n/a 2 949
1998 843 19 7 6 0 n/a n/a 0 875
1999 833 13 11 8 0 n/a n/a 0 865
2000 825 16 6 9 1 n/a n/a 0 857
2001 831 25 3 21 1 n/a n/a 0 881
2002 845 19 11 21 2 n/a n/a 0 898
2003 845 19 11 21 2 n/a n/a 0 898
2004 862 13 7 24 4 n/a n/a 0 910
2005 841 20 8 31 2 n/a n/a 0 902
2006 868 22 12 51 1 n/a n/a 0 954
2007 776 15 16 55 0 n/a n/a 33 895
2008 712 18 21 65 2 n/a n/a 38 856
2009 727 23 18 61 4 n/a n/a 34 867
2010 715 10 16 56 2 n/a n/a 24 823
2011 640 15 16 70 9 0 21 0 771
2012 630 16 30 78 4 1 29 0 788
2013 672 17 41 75 2 0 37 0 844
2014 690 28 36 104 2 0 27 0 887
2015 640 24 38 123 2 0 28 0 855
2016 591 13 53 127 3 0 36 0 823
2017 622 12 61 154 3 0 33 0 885
2018 583 11 55 185 5 0 36 0 875
2019 555 14 44 184 8 1 29 0 835
2020 565 18 45 184 7 2 32 0 853
2021 567 12 46 176 3 2 37 0 843
2022 582 18 48 205 0 1 36 0 890
2023 566 21 51 226 0 1 39 0 904

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Northside Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 913 56.9 16.0 8.1
1989 833 56.1 14.8 9.6
1990 827 54.6 15.1 7.3
1991 833 54.1 15.3 7.6
1992 775 49.1 15.7 10.8
1993 861 56.4 15.3 11.5
1994 870 55.6 15.6 10
1995 953 63.1 15.1 10.3
1996 953 63.1 15.1 10.3
1997 949 58.7 16.2 10.6
1998 875 56.1 15.6 9
1999 865 51.3 16.9 14.9
2000 857 56.8 15.1 16
2001 881 58.0 15.2 21.1
2002 898 55.7 16.1 27.5
2003 898 55.7 16.1 27.5
2004 910 53.7 16.9 31.8
2005 902 53.5 16.9 34.7
2006 954 52.5 18.2 31.4
2007 895 n/a n/a 33.8
2008 856 44.0 19.5 41.4
2009 867 42.9 20.2 39.6
2010 823 42.9 19.1 40.2
2011 771 47.8 16.1 42
2012 788 47.0 16.7 41.1
2013 844 49.0 17.2 40.6
2014 887 49.0 18.1 41.5
2015 855 50.0 17.1 44.8
2016 823 49.0 16.7 42.2
2017 885 51.0 17.3 39
2018 875 54.5 16.0 46.5
2019 835 55.9 14.9 47.7
2020 853 43.0 19.8 46.3
2021 843 36.5 23.0 44.2
2022 890 60.0 14.8 40.9
2023 904 57.8 15.6 48.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Northside Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 913 56.9 16.0 8.1
1989 833 56.1 14.8 9.6
1990 827 54.6 15.1 7.3
1991 833 54.1 15.3 7.6
1992 775 49.1 15.7 10.8
1993 861 56.4 15.3 11.5
1994 870 55.6 15.6 10
1995 953 63.1 15.1 10.3
1996 953 63.1 15.1 10.3
1997 949 58.7 16.2 10.6
1998 875 56.1 15.6 9
1999 865 51.3 16.9 14.9
2000 857 56.8 15.1 16
2001 881 58.0 15.2 21.1
2002 898 55.7 16.1 27.5
2003 898 55.7 16.1 27.5
2004 910 53.7 16.9 31.8
2005 902 53.5 16.9 34.7
2006 954 52.5 18.2 31.4
2007 895 n/a n/a 33.8
2008 856 44.0 19.5 41.4
2009 867 42.9 20.2 39.6
2010 823 42.9 19.1 40.2
2011 771 47.8 16.1 42
2012 788 47.0 16.7 41.1
2013 844 49.0 17.2 40.6
2014 887 49.0 18.1 41.5
2015 855 50.0 17.1 44.8
2016 823 49.0 16.7 42.2
2017 885 51.0 17.3 39
2018 875 54.5 16.0 46.5
2019 835 55.9 14.9 47.7
2020 853 43.0 19.8 46.3
2021 843 36.5 23.0 44.2
2022 890 60.0 14.8 40.9
2023 904 57.8 15.6 48.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Northside Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $517 (5.1%) $9,605 (94.9%) $10,122
2020 $566 (5.8%) $9,163 (94.2%) $9,729
2021 $648 (6.2%) $9,799 (93.8%) $10,446
2022 $1,001 (9.1%) $9,939 (90.9%) $10,940

Data source: Indiana Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Northside Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 124th of 470 Middle schoolsRanks 183rd of 489 Middle schools
 11%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Northside Middle School)59.537.7
 21.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Bartholomew Con School Corp)51.336.3
 15%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)49.739.5
 10.2%
7th Grade Math (Northside Middle School)49.632.2
 17.4%
   7th Grade Math (Bartholomew Con School Corp)46.932.8
 14.1%
   7th Grade Math (Indiana)4232.9
 9.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Northside Middle School)5345.7
 7.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Bartholomew Con School Corp)49.642.5
 7.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)50.743.8
 6.9%
8th Grade Math (Northside Middle School)42.130.9
 11.2%
   8th Grade Math (Bartholomew Con School Corp)40.828.5
 12.3%
   8th Grade Math (Indiana)3831.4
 6.6%
End of Course Biology (Northside Middle School)10091.3
 8.7%
   End of Course Biology (Bartholomew Con School Corp)40.525.9
 14.6%
   End of Course Biology (Indiana)38.629
 9.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students835904
 8.3%
African American1421
 50%
American Indian80
 100%
Asian4451
 15.9%
Hispanic184226
 22.8%
Pacific Islander11
White555566
 2%
Two or More Races2939
 34.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients47.7%48.9%
 1.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Northside Middle School

Students who attend Northside Middle School usually go on to attend Columbus East High School

Northside Middle School ranks 184th of 489 Indiana middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Northside Middle School are 63% White, 25% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 4% Two or more races, 2% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 904 students attended Northside Middle School.


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